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British and Dutch NGOs Take Iceland’s Side in Icesave

The British movement Jubilee, which fights for debt cancellation in developing countries, has taken Iceland’s cause in the Icesave debate, along with the Dutch movement group BothENDS. Members of these associations met in Brussels earlier this month.

“This is a very unusual incident. Our interest does not mean that we have stopped looking towards our main goal, which concerns developing countries and poverty in the world. The reason is that we see a good example in Iceland which the British public can relate to,” Nick Dearden, chairman of Jubilee, told Morgunbladid.

“The case concerns us because the British government is closely connected with it,” Dearden explained. “Because of similar life conditions it is likely that the British can imagine what it would be like if they would be handed such a huge bill because of a collapse that they weren’t personally responsible for.”

Some well-known personalities have participated in Jubilee’s campaigns, including U2 singer Bono and Bob Geldof of Live Aid and Live 8. Dearden said they will not be involved in the Icesave campaign but Jubilee is looking for a known scholar to front it.

Click here to read more about Icesave.

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